The Murfee Elementary gymnasium has turned into a make shift flag assembly line. "This morning we are taking the raw materials and putting them together," says volunteer organizer, Doug Moore.
One by one, 3,412 American flags are being assembled by the hands of volunteers. And more than 1,200 workers have already signed up to take part in the task that will take several days to complete. Everything from making the flag poles equal lengths, stringing them up and placing a golden ball at the top of each one. It's American teamwork at its best. Even in the light of a tragic day, these Lubbockites remain more patriotic than ever.
"9-11 is such an important day and everybody know that, but what can we do? We've never done this in Lubbock Texas so I got to do something that's original, that's unusual and we do support America, so why not?" says volunteer, Mike McMurry.
"It's a really good project I think because it respects everybody that died on September 11th and I think it's good to support it," says volunteer, Nathan Davis.
Each flag will represent a life lost in terrorist attacks on September 11th and hundreds of Lubbock volunteers are taking the time to remember the victims. "It's an opportunity for some of us who are removed from New York City and the scene of all that to actually get our hands on something and feel like we can contribute and life something and do a little work to commemorate those lives that were lost," says Moore.
Flag assembly is going faster than expected, but they still need volunteers through Saturday from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. To do so you can call American State Bank at (806) 767-7000 or the volunteer line at (806) 789-3524.